Climate, long-term budget and Brexit at EU summit

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On 12–13 December, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet his European Council colleagues for the final summit of the year. EU leaders will discuss the EU’s climate goals for 2050, the EU's long-term budget and external relations. Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Brexit are on Friday’s agenda.

EU climate goals for 2050

EU leaders will begin the summit by discussing the EU’s climate goals and whether the EU can adopt the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

The Government’s view is that the EU should adopt an ambitious long-term climate strategy as soon as possible so that it can be communicated to the UN in early 2020.

EU’s long-term budget for 2021–2027

乐动体育APPThe week before the summit, Finland’s presidency presented a new proposal for the long-term budget with figures for the overall expenditure and the various expenditure areas. EU leaders will be discussing the quantified proposal for the first time at the summit.

The Government cannot accept this proposal, which involves an overall ceiling of 1.07% of EU gross national income (GNI). The Government considers that the budget should be capped at 1.00% of EU GNI.

乐动体育APPThe Government is pleased that the proposal contains a mechanism that creates conditionality between the EU budget and respect for the rule of law, and that at least 25% of the budget is for climate action.

EU leaders are not likely to conclude the long-term budget negotiations at the meeting.

Brexit

乐动体育APPEU leaders will also discuss Brexit. The results of the UK general election on 12 December will be known during the summit and will shape the discussion.

EU climate goals for 2050

乐动体育APPEU leaders will begin the summit by discussing the EU’s climate goals and whether the EU can adopt the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

乐动体育APPThe Government’s view is that the EU should adopt an ambitious long-term climate strategy as soon as possible so that it can be communicated to the UN in early 2020.

EU’s long-term budget for 2021–2027

乐动体育APPThe week before the summit, Finland’s presidency presented a new proposal for the long-term budget with figures for the overall expenditure and the various expenditure areas. EU leaders will be discussing the quantified proposal for the first time at the summit.

The Government cannot accept this proposal, which involves an overall ceiling of 1.07% of EU gross national income (GNI). The Government considers that the budget should be capped at 1.00% of EU GNI.

乐动体育APPThe Government is pleased that the proposal contains a mechanism that creates conditionality between the EU budget and respect for the rule of law, and that at least 25% of the budget is for climate action.

EU leaders are not likely to conclude the long-term budget negotiations at the meeting.

Brexit

EU leaders will also discuss Brexit. The results of the UK general election on 12 December will be known during the summit and will shape the discussion.

Euro Summit

On 13 December, a meeting of the Euro Summit will be held and attended also by non-Euro countries. EU leaders will receive a report from the finance ministers on the work on a budgetary instrument for the euro area, the banking union and the European Stability Mechanism.